"I can honestly say, all the bad things that ever happened to me were directly, directly attributed to drugs and alcohol. I mean, I would never urinate at the Alamo at nine o'clock in the morning dressed in a woman's evening dress sober."
(Ozzy Osbourne, MTV News Online, 1992)

"We built a whole stage out of PAs at this festival in London, 117,000 watts. In fact, a guy called up from four miles away while we were soundchecking and said he couldn't hear his TV--four miles away! I ain't deaf. I've just always liked it loud, you know, the live sound. I think there is something wrong with you if you like quiet rock and roll."
(Motorhead's Lemmy, on www.wilma.com)

"The down side of being outrageous is that you have to go around explaining your fucking self to people. If you're too cocky, somebody might just pull out a fucking gun and cock it and blow your fucking face off. You gotta be really careful what you bite off. Don't bite off more than you can chew. It's a dangerous world."
(Ozzy Osbourne, Rolling Stone Online, May '97)

"I don't own a gun... I own about 150 guns."
(Metallica's James Hetfield, Melody Maker, Nov '98)

"I don't own a gun--but I have quite a collection of machetes, swords, knives, daggers, pepper spray, nunchucks, baseball bats, metal bars...."
(Metallica's Kirk Hammett , Melody Maker, Nov '98)

"I'd watch these 'Best of...' TV ads which would never include the MC5. Not only did the music business erase us at the time, but they erased us from the history of rock music too. So what did I do? Dope. What else are you gonna do? Sit on top of a shopping mall with an AK-47? That's not my style."
(Wayne Kramer, Addicted to Noise, 1995)

"It took a lot of water to down just that fucking bat's head, let me tell you. It's still stuck in my fucking throat, after all these years. People all over the world say, 'You're the guy who kills creatures? You still do it? You do it every night?' It happened fucking once, for Christ's sake."
(Ozzy Osbourne, Rolling Stone Online, May '97)

"So we're trying to make the Stooges in 1967, right? We'd go down there to the basement, all the lights out, only the Christmas tree lights and sort of an amber lamp on the floor, and I'd play this sort of wild Hawaiian guitar with a pickup that I invented, which meant that I made two sounds at one time, like an airplane. That's the only way I can describe it--it sounded like an airplane."
(from I Need More, by Iggy Pop with Anne Wehrer)